Sunday, 30 June 2013

Blue nails for World Refugee Month

June is World Refugee Month, and to celebrate the wonderful contribution immigrants of all walks have made to Australia, I've painted my nails blue with Arcane Lacquer Erudite Charm, a blue creme with pink, copper and gold shimmer.


Australia's politicians and Murdoch-controlled media have been purposefully misguiding the Australian public on asylum seekers in the recent past. Many myths, like that Australia is being flooded with asylum seekers (we take far less than many other developed countries, based on our population), that "boat people" are illegal immigrants (there's nothing illegal about seeking asylum, and there's no "queue") have been perpetuated by the media, and capitalised upon by politicians.

It honestly frightens me how the two major political parties in Australia are competing to be the "toughest" on these people, displaced by war, fleeing for their lives. You don't pay an extortionate price, leave your family behind, board a shitty leaking boat and sail across choppy open ocean unless you're fleeing something far worse.

I'd like to think that something like the Holocaust would've had far less of a death toll if it happened again, thanks to international human rights treaties and modern transportation. But sadly, while refugees were welcomed with open arms half a century ago, we've taken a major step back with our compassion.

Asylum seeker myth busting: Link 1 - Link 2
Australian violations of human rights laws in its treatment of refugees


More amazing ladies who joined me:
It's All About the Polish
Hollysagemini

10 comments:

  1. This is a really good cause. There is not a lot of info out there in the mainstream media on what those people have gone through in their own countries to get here which really annoys me!

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    1. It annoys me too! I've given up following politics in Australia, it upsets me too much.

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  2. What a great cause and I am dying over the polish! Stunning! :)

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    1. It's so pretty, and work safe too! :)

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  3. Very pretty polish and I admire you for posting about this topic! It's awful how ignorant people are. Looking forward to a time when God steps in and fixes things, because governments sure can't get it right! No one should be discriminated against because they had to move to someplace safer, or because their parents did! =(
    I personally LOVE cultural diversity. We're all so unique! ♥ It would be boring if I never got to see people from another country.

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    1. I completely agree with you! I'm particularly grateful for the diverse food options in Sydney ;)

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  4. great post!

    and I totally agree with you. my country (argentina) is a big mix of different ethnicities. we had a lot of immigration from different parts of europe and asia during the world wars, added to the previous population (mostly spanish conquerors, some indigenous people and some black people brought by the spanish people). recently also a lot of refugees came from africa.

    but the sad part is a lot of people is against immigration, because they say "the country is ours". I mean, the vast majority of us has european ancestry. I don't get it, how can you hate immigrants and refugees when your own grandparents came from europe running away from the war?
    the point is... our identity is based on that racial mix. we have a lot of traditions from different parts of the world, this is who we are.

    the current government is luckily on the mid-west wing, politically. but there are a lot of politicians from other parties who just want to send immigrants back home. the major of the capitol city even threw away homeless people outside the city's limits. I hope they never get to the government...

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    1. Yes, there's a lot of "we grew here, you flew here" racism in Australia, and a lot of hatred of "boat people" when white Australians were the original boat people! It's crazy how some people don't see the internal contradictions of their adopted positions.

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